Lightroom: Compare Should Select Only One Winner, not a winner and image that happens to be next in line.

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Generally when I shoot a scene I make 6-10 exposures. I like to use the Lightroom Compare function to then select the best of the batch. But in Lightroom 5, instead of selecting only my "winner", when I leave the Compare function, I end up with two images selected in Grid view. This is not the way it is supposed to work. It is only supposed to leave my "winner" selected. So, now frequently I use the Develop module to work on my winner. Then when I export it, the two images that Lightroom has erroneously designated as Selected get exported. Or I have flagged my winner as a Pick. Or I have given my winner a star rating. But now inadvertently I am Exporting, Picking, or Rating two images not only the one I want. I hate this change. I only want my WINNER to be selected, NOT MY WINNER AND THE NEXT IMAGE in line too. What's going on? I think it's a bug. I hate this.
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Kurt Kramer

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Rob Cole

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Selecting also an arbitrary neighbor does not seem optimal for anybody's 'druthers.

My 'druthers: leave selection alone when done with compare view.
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Thomas Niemann

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This has been discussed in another thread:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/5478165

Another bug has surfaced where it's possible to have an "invisible" selection if you happen to give focus to the Candidate before exit. In other words, an image appears not to be selected but, in actual fact, it is.

Someone really, really, needs to look into this. Only one image should be selected when you exit Compare View.
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Kurt Kramer

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What is Adobe's explanation? How is this supposed to be helpful for anyone? You select a winner in the compare process, and the Adobe selects another image for you!?! Why!?! So then, you want to flag, or color, or award stars, or export your selected image.....and Lightroom does the operation to two images, when you only want to do it to the one image you've designated as the best. Absolutely crazy.
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This is still a problem in Lightroom 6/CC. It really makes using the compare view so cumbersome.
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Yes, I know ntbone. I just do not understand what possible purpose this can serve and why Adobe doesn't correct it. Really is quite unbelievable.